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that agricultural landscape. narrator: laos is not a democracy. even if local people wish to protest the elimination of their landscapes and lifestyles, even if local people they have few options. fox: geographers might think of them as "powerless place," and these corporations, in a world of globalization and global finance, might be thought of as "placeless power." and when those come together in time and space, it can have perhaps some unprecedented geographical impacts. i think the question needs to be... eds toe aske is this a viable long-term development strategy? will it...n 30 or 40 years, will these dams still be generating enough electricity to produce significant revenues, and even though it may increase the total g.n.p.-- or gross national product-- of laos, how will it actually impact people. narrator: but for now, laos's plans for engagement in the global economy are focused on exploiting its water resources and overcoming its geographic isolation by developing its transportation infrastructure. new roads are planned to link china and thailand with seapos in vietnam. suthernd: the coun
been plagued with corruption among top management. and all too often, entrenched local interests see foreign firms as unwanted competition that will upset the status quo. among state-owned enterprises, the shenyang machine tool works is doing better than most. today it is 60% state-owned and 40% privately owned. it recently provided equipment for the maglev railroad extension for e w shanai airport and it has begun repaying its world bank loan. while the tool works still struggles with the effects of restructuring, its example holds promise for the northeast's future. and geographer li remains hopeful. ( li speaking chinese ) translator: in recent years, shenyang has been working on product development, on upgrading its plants and equipment, adopting new technologies and attracting overseas investment. it has achieved significant results with the establishment of the shenyang economic and technical development zone and the revitalization of the tiexi industrial zone. these efforts are paying off in the renewal of shenyang's industrial base. i believe that the region will grow to play
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